Who Plays More Video Games—You or Your Kid?

So who plays more video games—you or your kid?  The answer might surprise you—mom!

Last week PBS reported that adult female gamers are now the largest game-playing group in the US—even more so than boys under the age of 18.

While men still account for the majority of the U.S. gaming population, the number of women playing games on both consoles and mobile devices is up to 48 percent.

Why the big increase in the number of female gamers?  According to reporter Charles Pulliam-Moor at PBS, it’s probably tied to smartphones.

In addition to traditional PCs and the Wii game console, women were more likely to game on their mobile devices, and were just as likely as men to play on their iPhone or iPad.

In the past, female gamers were thought to play games mainly to connect with their loved ones.

Nielsen analyst Nicole Pike says “[Many] women who previously only gamed with their families are now embracing gaming as an individual leisure activity as well,”

Simulation games like “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood” and “Candy Crush Saga” make headlines for the big bucks they rake in, but the kinds of games that women are playing were found to vary widely, including endless runner games such as “Temple Run,” brain teasers such as “QuizUp” and traditional card games.

Interestingly, women spend 31 percent more money on in-app purchases and 35 percent more time within mobile games compared to men.

Also, women tend to commit themselves to a particular game and stick with it. Globally, women came back to the games that they had chosen to play 42 percent more often over a seven-day period.

If you’re a woman who spends a bit too much time and money on game apps, consider what Paul says in 1st Corinthians 6:12.  Not everything is good for you….don’t become a slave to anything.”

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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